Another bottle opener I forged yesterday from a bolt from WWII Mulberry Bridge B which was recently restored after being rescued from a field in France. These bolts would have been scrapped if not for @pumbweld and his team who did the restoration work and kindly sent me some.
Here's a bit of this bolts history:
The Mulberry Harbour was built for D-Day in June 1944. The Mulberry Harbour’s purpose was to ease & speed up the unloading process so that Allied troops were supplied as they advanced across France after breaking out from Normandy.
The Mulberry Harbour was actually two artificial harbours, which were towed across the English Channel and put together off the coast of Normandy. One, known as Mulberry A, was constructed at Omaha Beach and the other, known as Mulberry B (my bolt) was constructed off Arromanches at Gold Beach. Put together like a vast jigsaw puzzle, when both were fully operational, they were capable of moving 7,000 tons of vehicles and goods each day.
Each of the two artificial harbours was made up of about 6 miles of flexible steel roadways that floated on steel or concrete pontoons. The roadways were codenamed "Whales" and the pontoons “Beetles”. The Whales ended at giant pier heads that had legs that rested on the seabed. The whole structure was protected from the force of the sea by scuttled ships, sunken caissons and a line of floating breakwaters. The material requirements for any part of either Mulberry A or B were huge – 144,000 tons of concrete, 85,000 tons of ballast and 105,000 tons of steel...